CURVY is an inspiring book that features the most exciting female creatives in art & illustration, fashion and photography.
CURVY is an inspiring book that features the most exciting female creatives in art & illustration, fashion and photography. Read more
About this project
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The world is full to the brim with amazingly talented creative women. CURVY gives them a platform to shine, and shine they do!
CURVY will unveil the most inspiring young creative women in the world via a collectible, coffee-table quality book that introduces the new guard of female talent in art, design & illustration, photography and fashion.
Created by the CURVY team together with a group of special-guest curators, this beautifully designed book will be filled with hand-picked images and interviews that will inspire anyone that wants to up the ante in their own creative pursuits, as well as those who like looking at amazing work. And of course, CURVY will be the source for anyone who wants to be up to date with the world’s latest boundary-breaking female image makers.
Hardcover, 160 pages, uncoated art paper. 220mm (W) x 260mm (H), cover features embossed accents and a protective dust jacket.
CURVY is on a mission to inspire and celebrate the most creative women in the world through our books, events and other initiatives - each year introducing the latest batch of boundary breaking creative girls globally.
We are a passionate, small team of creative friends that collaborate with likeminded women from design capitals including Paris, London, LA, NYC, Melbourne, Toronto and Tokyo – and from countries as far afield as Ecuador, Mexico, Moscow, Serbia, Brazil, Indonesia, Norway, Malta and Israel among many others. CURVY truly is a platform where the next generation of female creative talent can shine.
CURVY started in 2004 in Sydney Australia with a focus on supporting women in graphic design, art & illustration. At the time the creative landscape was pretty-much dominated by the guys, at least in the media. Sure, the guys were incredible – but equally there were amazing women doing amazingly creative things, they just weren't getting the attention.
The idea behind CURVY was to shine the light on female creative talent and give them the coverage they rightly deserved.
We called out for submissions for the first edition and were staggered by the volume of entries as well as the desire globally for girls to get on board. In that first year we had over 1,000 submissions from a total 28 countries. We painstakingly picked 100 from that number and our first issue of CURVY was born. We launched it at Semi-Permanent that year – which was just being started up by a couple of our friends. Nearly ten years later we’re still going strong.
We have featured some incredible creative women, often at the outset of their careers; and certainly before they reached rock-star status, as some now certainly have! We’ve been fortunate to work with inspiring talents such as Audrey Kawasaki, Irina Dakeva, Miss Van, Bridge Stehli, Faith 47, Kaff Eine, Angela Boatwright, Bec Winnel & Deanne Cheuk – as well as Fafi who has curated CURVY in the past together with Colette owner Sarah Lerfel.
We’ve also been lucky enough to do some fun sideline projects, including a men’s version of CURVY called Muscle UP - profiling great guys such as Jeremyville, Ben Frost, Jonathan Zawada, Andy Mueller, Anthony Lister, Dave Kinsey, Buffmonster, Rinzen, Numskull, Kid Zoom and Kill Pixie – the list goes on!
We’ve also put together pretty special CURVY events, from cool little underground shows seen by a fortunate few – all the way up to major CBD installations viewed literally by millions.
We like to think we’ve been an important part of the heightened attention female talent has been receiving lately, it's been an amazing journey and we’re thrilled to be taking this next big step!
To date CURVY has showcased close to 900 female artists from over 40 countries and has received more than 10,000 submissions. We're thrilled to be adding photography and fashion into the mix for the first time via this brand new CURVY format in 2014.
KELLY THOMPSON - Curating Design, Art & Illustration
Kelly Thompson may be from New Zealand, but for the last few years numerous Australian magazines and blogs have claimed her as their own. Her distinctive seductive illustrations and penchant for beautiful girls have caught the eye of the art and fashion community and launched her career internationally, she is now one of New Zealand’s most popular and recognised illustrators.
In addition to being a well-respected illustrator, Kelly is a photographer and art director, with a creative eye and attention to detail that ensures her vision is realised without compromise.
Kelly’s clients include Escada Paris, Penguin Books, Covergirl, Nintendo, Nike, Mimco, and The Sunday Times (London), and she has spoken at the Semi-Permanent conferences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand along with hosting Masterclasses for Nintendo and various creative conferences. In 2013 Kelly released her first book Darkness of Noon in collaboration with photographer Derek Henderson.
ELKE KRAMER - Curating Fashion
Jewellery and accessory designer, as well as creative-director, Elke Kramer brings a vast reservoir of creativity, adaptability, and technical ability to all of her projects.
Elke built her innovative and self-directed business in 2004 as an expression of her unique and multi-faceted creative abilities and interests.
Elke Kramer is an Australian industry leader in the fashion jewellery and design world. Through the growth of her cult brand she has created her own individual market. Her followers venerate Elke’s clear distinction as a designer who both looks to the past for inspiration, yet always has a clear vision of the direction for her future designs. She does this by creating her own unique signature aesthetic, which is applied everything she approaches. Having this quality sets her apart from other accessory labels in Australia and across the globe.
Rather then follow trends in the market, Elke’s jewellery designs are an exploration of unique and uncommon materials, fabrications and forms. Great attention is paid to every single detail, and the emphasis is always on innovation.
Her pieces are spirited, bold and unafraid, yet intricate and elaborate; which is always an excitement to wear and own.
CLAIRE MARTIN - Curating Photography
Claire began her career by studying a degree in Social Work; however, she changed her focus to Photography when she realized that change can also be effected through this medium. Since beginning her career pursuing personal projects in 2007, she has focused her lens on marginalized communities within prosperous nations.
Her work has been awarded by The Lead Academy Award (2011), The Magnum and Inge Morath Foundation, Getty Images and The Sony World Photography Awards among others. A limited edition Zine was created, and sold out in 2012 by Editions Bessard, and three major bodies of her work were exhibited at Image Singulieres in Sete, France in May 2013. Clients include TIME, Vanity Fair, The Wall st Journal, Fader, Monocle and GEO Magazines and SBS Australia. She is a member of the Australian Documentary Photo Collective “Oculi” and her work is distributed through Agency VU in Europe and Redux in the USA.
To support the books, we will host launch events and exhibitions in a number of cities around the world throughout 2014.
The first will be a 3-day CURVY event as part of the Semi-Permanent program in Sydney, Australia. This event will feature CURVY exhibitions, demos and installations – plus speaker panels comprised of inspiring female creative talent. Head to https://www.semipermanent.com/sydney-2014 for more information.
Stay tuned to http://www.curvy-world.com for information on other CURVY events coming soon.
Thank you for taking the time to look through this project. We can't wait to see it come to life and are thrilled you are part of the ride!
Thank you so much for your support!
GET INVOLVED WITH CURVY
There are many ways you can be part of CURVY. We are always looking for contributors across our range of initiatives, including submissions for the book series.
Join the CURVY mailing list to be kept up to date with the most current projects we have underway and stay tuned to the site for more. Have a look around the site, pore, peruse and ponder as we say! Check out our social media pages and drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you.
NOTE ON POSTAGE
It costs us $30-$40 to send one book internationally (depending on the region). We pack and ship each order ourselves and have discounted international postage as much as we can as a gesture of thanks for your support of CURVY via Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
We have nearly a decade of experience in producing the CURVY series. As a result of this history we are aware of the traps and potential problems. We do what we can to plan for the unexpected and minimise any risk. If there are any hiccups they will only extend the delivery time by a minimal amount.
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